Family law attorneys in Phoenix and around the state have been eagerly awaiting the Arizona Supreme Court's decision of how to interpret and apply Arizona's presumption of paternity statute, A.R.S. §25-814. When the U.S. Supreme Court announced a decision in the Pavan v. Smith case this week, it looked like we wouldn't have to wait much longer.
As Arizona Family Law attorneys, we often like to keep up with developments in the laws of other states, so last fall when California approved a bill that will change several parts of that State's family code, it caught our attention. The bill's supporters believe it will address several unresolved problems under current state law for sperm donors, surrogates, and same sex couples.
By now, many Arizona family lawyers have heard that the Arizona ban on same-sex marriages has been overturned by the courts. The recent District Court of Arizona decision acknowledges that the decision the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reached earlier this month concerning the bans in Idaho and Nevada applied to Arizona's laws as well. (Read the full opinion here: http://documents.latimes.com/arizona-opinion-1017-2014/) But even as same-sex couples are lining up to receive marriage licenses, there are still legal questions which remain unanswered.